The Geekbox: Episode 41

In what’s sure to be our whitest, nerdiest, and most boring episode to date, I am joined by Andrew Fitch and Ryan Higgins for a way-too-long-for-its-own-good three-man geek-out. You can thank Caltrain and Thanksgiving for the short staff this week. Speaking of which, happy Thanksgiving, and have a safe and turkey-filled weekend (unless you live outside of the U.S., in which case…have a great normal nothing-to-see-here weekend)! Also: If you want to hear more podcastin’ from Karen Chu and I, head on over to Bitmob and check out this week’s episode of the Mobcast, where we join fellow Ziff Davis/1UP castaways Demian Linn and Jeff Green to chat about Warcraft’s 15th anniversary.

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The Geekbox — Episode 41 (2009-11-25)
Wherein we discuss the week’s three-man band, rogue turkeys, Grand Theft Staleness, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (and some annoying design decisions), marrying videogame characters, Star Trek Online, the nature of the game review process, Star Trek on DVD, Turtles Forever, and the Battlestar Galactica board game. Starring Ryan Scott, Andrew Fitch, and Ryan Higgins.
Running Time: 1h 22m 9s
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The Geekbox: Episode 40

Love him or hate him, Patrick Joynt (AKA Mr. Karen Chu) is back to fill in for a once-again-absent Mike Cruz (who secretly hates the rest of us). What inane, vile things will spew from Patrick’s mouth this week? Listen in, find out, and then Digg the podcast because it was that awesome!

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The Geekbox — Episode 40 (2009-11-18)
Wherein we discuss the return of our most polarizing guest host, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Modern Warfare 2, Dragon Age: Origins, really nerdy Magic: The Gathering rules arguments (we apologize in advance), The Boondock Saints II, really bad tattoos, the impending end of Dollhouse (but hopefully not Joss Whedon’s crazy career), the evil side of Alton Brown, and the upcoming Legendary Thread reunion. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Andrew Fitch, Ryan Higgins, and Patrick Joynt.
Running Time: 57m 4s
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The Geekbox: Episode 39

Aaaaaaand the regular crew is together once again to talk about… quite a lot of random things. Enjoy! And by all means, please send in your questions and comments using our contact form — we’re gonna try to read more listener mail going forward. Don’t forget to Digg the podcast and review us on iTunes if you enjoy it!

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The Geekbox — Episode 39 (2009-11-11)
Wherein we discuss strip clubs and porno, layoffs at EA, Facebook games, the rise and fall of marginal MMOs, Ninteneverything, Space Hulk, random board games, Survivor schemers, Watchmen (again!), the V premiere, Venture Bros., vision problems, the Suicide Squad on Smallville (!?), Mike’s Bruce Wayne fanfic, microtransactions in MMOs, world firsts, listener e-mail, and adventures in driving. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Mike Cruz, Andrew Fitch, and Ryan Higgins.
Running Time: 1h 26m 16s
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The Geekbox: Episode 38

I hope everyone out there had a happy and safe Halloween. Enjoy this week’s episode, which once again guest-stars the Geekbox’s official roadie, Brock Sager. With any luck, Mike Cruz will be back next week (he’s been out due to some excuse about family visiting — way to have priorities dude!).

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The Geekbox — Episode 38 (2009-11-05)
Wherein we discuss Halloween festivities, porno candy, horror movies, Arkham Horror (and why Ryan Scott sucks at running games), free parking, really hard achievements, videogame addiction, I Made A Game With Zombies In It, holiday madness, Lego Indiana Jones 2, sequelitis, and the Prince of Persia movie trailer. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Andrew Fitch, Ryan Higgins, and Brock Sager.
Running Time: 1h 15m 21s
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The Geekbox: Episode 37

I apologize for the lateness this week — I had something a little more important to say yesterday, and I felt it not entirely appropriate to post the new podcast on the same night. Please enjoy this week’s episode — and if you would be so kind as to pop on over to this site and take Wizzard Media’s podcasting survey (something our hosts and advertisers would like us to do, as it helps them to understand how people listen to podcasts, which is definitely an important factor in keeping podcasts like this one going), it would be extremely helpful for us!

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The Geekbox — Episode 37 (2009-10-29)
Wherein we discuss bouncing for strippers, the Fitch Mega-Hitch, Karen’s take on Tropico 3, extreme RPG spoilers, Excitebike World Rally, Battle City, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, DSi penis envy, the Wizard of Oz, Night of the Creeps, our building excitement for Lost’s final season, Venture Bros. season 4 (which more people need to watch!), Glee, Stargate SG-1, and magazines failing to justify their own existence. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Andrew Fitch, Ryan Higgins, and Brock Sager.
Running Time: 1h 14m 16s
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A Hole in the World

But I don’t understand! I don’t understand how this all happens, how we go through this. I mean — I knew her, and then she’s… there’s just a body, and I don’t understand why she just can’t get back in it and not be dead anymore! It’s stupid! It’s mortal and stupid! And… and Xander’s crying and not talking, and… and I was having fruit punch, and I thought, ‘Well, Joyce will never have any more fruit punch — ever, and she’ll never have eggs, or yawn, or brush her hair, not ever,’ and no one will explain to me why.
–Anya Emerson, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Episode 5.16, “The Body”)

It’s a weird feeling when someone you know and talk to on a regular basis passes away. It’s like a giant mental disconnect — this weird, surreal blot that your mind can’t fully process. A hole in the world.

It’s even weirder when the person in question dies a tragically young death, as was the case with Rannie Yoo, who passed away last weekend at the age of 33, after an 11-month battle with cancer. I knew Rannie through Triple Point (previously Kohnke Communications), the San Francisco-based gaming PR firm where she worked. Her funeral was today (well, I guess technically yesterday, at this point), and — between her friends, family, and gaming industry buddies — the room overflowed to the point where the crowd spilled out the door and into the hallway. For nearly two hours, a great many of these people took turns coming to the front of the room and relating stories and memories about Rannie, and how she’d touched their lives.


The Geekbox: Episode 36

Rebel FM co-founder and host Anthony Gallegos joins us for this week’s episode, in lieu of Andrew “Andrew Fitch” Fitch, who’s out sick (we’re guessing due to his five dates with five different women over the course of five days last week — seriously!). And more good news: Bill Mudron’s poster art from the Brodeo Reunion 2009 panel at this year’s Penny Arcade Expo is now available for purchase for a mere $5.00. This comes courtesy of PAX enforcer Ben Cuzza, who’s donating all profits to the Child’s Play Charity. So head on over and grab yourself one mighty fine poster… after you listen to this week’s episode and Digg it, that is!

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The Geekbox — Episode 36 (2009-10-21)
Wherein we discuss dear frenemies, the fate of airplane lavatories, Star Wars in Concert, the history of Steve Guttenberg, Tekken 6, Borderlands, EverQuest (WTF?), the Persona MMO, aaaaanime, the life and times of Captain Lou Albano, the wonky west coast premiere of Venture Bros. season 4, all things Cartoon Network, Tropico 3, our first (annual?) Halloween costume contest, and whether the Geekbox gives AIDS. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Mike Cruz, Anthony Gallegos, and Ryan Higgins.
Running Time: 1h 20m 29s
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